Atom Sub. President Officiates At Laying Of Keel, 1952/06/16
(1) Groton CT ceremony with Truman dedicating USS Nautilus sub, to be completed in 1-2 years (2) "Koje Mop-Up. Paratroopers Finally Subdue Riotous Reds" - rioting red prisoners in stockade in Korea (3) News In Brief - guided missile bomb released from B-29 - Guizon bomb (4) New York commuter strike, people turned to buses and cars, cause traffic jams (5) 44th annual Rose Festival in Portland OR, parade of floats (6) Sports - Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester United soccer teams play in Yankee Stadium, spurs win 7-1; rodeo hosted by Oregon State College as part of the Rose Festival (complete newsreel)
Production Company Universal StudiosAudio/Visual sound, b&w
February 16, 2006
From Weapons of Mass Destruction to Thorny Bubblebaths
Early 50s newsreel documenting the keel-laying of the first atomic submarine, the Nautilus. This is fairly standard, but the narrators assertion that the sub is a deadly weapon for war or peace leaves you scratching your head. Also included are stories about a POW uprising in Korea, a new bomb targeting system, a transit strike in New York City, the Rose Parade in Oregon (including disturbing floats and a beauty queen taking a simulated bath on one floatall I could think of was the thorns! Ouch!), a British soccer match, and a rodeo in Oregon. This complete newsreel gives you a feeling of the contradictions of the early Cold War period, with disturbing war stories alternating with lighthearted entertainment. A great snapshot of the early 50s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.